Journey to Borneo

11 nights part-escorted tour

Price from: £2149pp

Kuala Lumpur 2 nights
Kuching 1 night
Sri Aman 2 nights
Damai Beach 3 nights
Sabah 3 nights

Day 1: Fly to Kuala Lumpur.

Days 2-3 Kuala Lumpur: On arrival you are met and transferred to your hotel, with time to relax or explore as you wish.

Day 3 Kuala Lumpur: At leisure. Sights include the soaring Petronas Twin Towers, the Jamek mosque, Sultan Abdul Samad building and railway station.

Day 4 Kuala Lumpur/Kuching: Morning flight to Kuching in Sarawak, East Malaysia.  An afternoon city tour includes the museum with its interesting insights into history and wildlife, the Astana residence (the former home of the white Rajahs), the state mosque, the waterfront and a kampong fishing village.

Day 5 Kuching/Sri Aman: After breakfast, travel light as you drive through a scenery of typical villages, paddy fields, rubber and pepper plantations (approx 119 miles/3 hours). This afternoon enjoy a guided stroll of Sri Aman town, visit Fort Alice (closed Monday) and the century-old Tze Yin Khor Chinese Temple on the banks of Lupar River.

Day 6 Sri Aman: Travel by road and then onwards by boat along the Lemanak River to an Iban settlement and traditional style longhouse built on stilts deep in one of the world’s oldest rainforests. Meet the natives and their families then watch a traditional war dance in full ceremonial regalia. Enjoy lunch with your hosts before you return down river and then continue by road back to your hotel.

Day 7 Sri Aman/Damai: Depart after breakfast and travel to Damai, stopping en route for lunch at a local restaurant (approx 138 miles/3½ hours).

Days 8-9 Damai: At leisure at Sarawak’s main beach resort where pristine sandy beaches by the South China Sea are framed by the lush tropical forest of majestic Mount Santubong.  You may choose to simply relax; however, for the more active there are jungle trails to explore, excellent golf as well as numerous watersports and land based activities. Perhaps visit the adjoining Sarawak Cultural Village (extra charge), a fascinating living museum to see the ethnic diversity at a glance and be tempted by an array of handicrafts. Don’t miss the cultural performance of songs and dances during your visit.

Day 10 Damai/Kuching/Sabah: Travel to Kuching for an onward flight to Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah.

Day 11 Kota Kinabalu National Park: Visit Mount Kinabalu National Park, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site dominated by Borneo’s highest mountain. Take a guided walk with the park naturalist to learn of the astonishing flora and fauna including the smallest orchid and the tallest moss in the world. After lunch at the Park’s restaurant, return to the resort and the remainder of the day is at leisure.

Day 12 Sabah: At leisure. You may opt to visit one of the five offshore islands; with their superb white sands they offer an ideal place to relax. The most popular day out is the optional tour to Sandakan and the highly recommended Sepilok Orang-Utan Sanctuary, where you can experience a close encounter with the “Wild Men of Borneo” at the world’s largest and oldest orang-utan rehabilitation centre.

Day 13 Sabah/KL: Return flight to KL for your onward journey.

What you need to know

Departures: Daily and operates for a minimum of two passengers.

Accommodation: Dorsett KL; Pullman Kuching; Seri Simanggang, Seri Aman; Damai Beach Resort & Nexus Resort (Sabah beach).

Meals: Breakfast. Lunch is included on days 5-7 & 11.

Tour price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes return international flights from the UK, private transfers between your hotels in KL, on arrival in Kuching, departure in Damai and return in Kota Kinabalu, otherwise by coach, sightseeing as outlined and 11 nights accommodation.

This tour is not recommended for the less mobile.

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